Students at this level are writing poetry with an increased focus on creating an individual voice and an emotional atmosphere. Exercises using free verse and traditional, received forms (i.e. sonnet, villanelle, sestina, and pantoum) as well as meter and syllabics are suggested in order to strengthen a student’s technical skills.

Students attend class via Google Meet (with or without cameras enabled). The entire class takes place during this class meeting: students share work, which is read aloud; students offer their classmates feedback; the teacher responds to each student's work; and the teacher discusses the next week’s exercise.

This class asks students to recognize what makes a poem engaging and entertaining to the reader. Students follow the Craft Class syllabus (along with readings distributed by the teacher) from which exercises are taken. Students begin taking Craft Class in their fourth term of Online Advanced Poetry. Many students are finishing exercises and publishing poetry in literary journals and anthologies.

Open to poets who have poetry publications, an MFA, or four post-graduate writing courses and students who have completed Level 2 at The Writers Studio. After completing a number of sessions in Advanced Poetry, students may go on to study with Philip Schultz in the Master Class, with permission of the teacher. Please contact Lisa Bellamy at to apply for this class. Places in the class are awarded by the instructor on a case-by-case basis.


Writers Studio Teacher

Lisa Bellamy

Lisa Bellamy is the author of The Northway, a full-length poetry collection (Terrapin Books). Her chapbook Nectar won The Aurorean’s chapbook contest. Her poems and short prose have appeared in TriQuarterly, The Sun, Massachusetts Review, New Ohio Review, The Southern Review, Verse Daily, Hotel Amerika, Salamander, Asimov’s Science Fiction, Chautauqua, The Southampton Review, Calyx, Cimarron Review,Fugue, Tiferet, PANK, and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, among other publications. She has received a Pushcart Prize, a Fugue Poetry Prize, honorable mention in The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror, and has been featured in several podcasts, including The Writer’s Almanac. She is a graduate of Princeton University. Lisa is currently working on new collections of poetry and short prose.

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